August Events: TX, CA & OK

August will be a very exciting and busy month as I will be speaking at government contracting events in Texas, California and Oklahoma.

My first stop is the Government Procurement Conference in Arlington, Texas on August 6.  I will be giving a brief morning keynote on recent legal developments in government contracting, followed by an in-depth breakout session on the same subject.  My next stop will be sunny San Diego, California.  On August 12, I will be presenting a workshop on GAO Bid Protests at the Navy Gold Coast Conference.  I will stick around San Diego through August 14th, when I will present a session on joint venturing and teaming, sponsored by the San Diego Contracting Opportunities Center.  My final August stop will be the Indian Country Business Summit in Norman, Oklahoma on August 26 and 27.  My workshop will focus on teaming agreements.

Please let me know if you will be at any of these great events.  See you there!

Event: Communicating With Contracting Officers (Overland Park, KS)

In April, I gave a presentation in Wichita on interacting with federal Contracting Officers.  Now it’s the Kansas City area’s turn.

To help contractors understand the rules surrounding communications with contracting officials, I am pleased to announce that I will be presenting a seminar entitled “Dealing with Government Contracting Officials: What Can You Really Say And Do?” on June 25, 2014 in Overland Park, Kansas.  The seminar is sponsored by the Kansas PTAC, and admission is free.  For more information, and to register, simply follow this link.

See you there!

Thank You, Oklahoma!

I am back in Lawrence after a trip to Oklahoma, where I spoke at an industry day event sponsored by the Mid-America Government Industry Coalition.  My presentation provided an overview of recent legal developments of importance to small government contractors, as well as a look at potential changes on the horizon.

A big “thank you” to Kay Bills and her team at MAGIC for inviting me to participate, and that you to the other speakers who shared their detailed knowledge about social media, cyber security, Department of Labor regulations, and other timely topics.  And of course, a big “thank you” to all the contractors, PTAC counselors and others who attended.

If you are in the Oklahoma area but missed my presentation to MAGIC (or even if you came), I will be back in the Sooner State in August for the Indian Country Business Summit.  Hope to see you there!

Thank You, Quad Cities!

I am back from a trip to the Quad Cities of Illinois and Iowa, where I gave two presentations at the Midwest Small Business Government Contracting Symposium.

It was great to spend two days meeting with small government contractors, large mentors and small business liaison officers, government officials and others in the industry.  A big “thank you” to the Iowa/Illinois Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association for organizing an outstanding event that is rapidly becoming known as one of the nation’s premier conferences for small government contractors.  Thanks also to the Illinois PTAC, the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce, and all of the other event sponsors for their contributions, and to the Midwest SBLO Group for inviting me to address its quarterly meeting.  And of course, thanks to all of those who attended the conference (and my presentations!)

If you weren’t able to make it to this year’s symposium, it’s never too early to start planning for 2015.  Hope to see you there!

Thank You, Wichita!

I am back from a day-long road trip to Wichita, where I gave a presentation on communications between industry and contracting officials.

It was great to spend the morning meeting with so many local government contractors.  A big “thank you” to Terri Bennett, Jason Porch, Scott Knapp, and Lisa Haggard of the Kansas PTAC, as well as Marcia Stevens and the Kansas SBDC, for organizing the event.  And of course, extra thanks to the contractors and others who attended the session and asked great questions.

If you’re a Kansas government contractor but weren’t able to make it to yesterday’s event, I have good news.  In June, I will be presenting the same seminar in Overland Park.  Details coming soon.

Event: Communicating With Contracting Officers (Wichita, KS)

Interactions with federal Contracting Officers are part and parcel of government contracts, but many traps exist for the unwary.

To help contractors understand the rules surrounding communications with contracting officials, I am pleased to announce that I will be presenting a seminar entitled “Dealing with Government Contracting Officials: What Can You Really Say And Do?” on April 29 in Wichita, Kansas.  The seminar is sponsored by the Kansas PTAC, and admission is free.  For more information, and to register, simply follow this link.

See you there!

Thank you, APTAC!

I am back in Lawrence after a trip to San Francisco, where I had the pleasure of presenting a session on government contracting ethics at the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers Spring Conference.

It was great to spend a little time in the City by the Bay and to see so many familiar faces at the APTAC Spring Conference.  A big “thank you” to Becky Peterson and the APTAC leadership for inviting me to participate in the Spring Conference.  And of course, extra thanks to the PTAC counselors who attended the session, asked great questions, and refrained from all but a few minor digs at the tragic end of Duke’s basketball season.

If you are a small government contractor and haven’t made contact with your local PTAC counselors yet, what are you waiting for? PTAC counselors offer a wide variety of services for small contractors, often free of charge.  Visit the APTAC website to learn more.